The Irish historical house named Burtown House is one of two 17th century houses in Kildare to never have been sold, and the only house that you can visit, and have guided tours by family members. It is the only original Quaker house in Ireland that can be visited that is still lived in by the family that built it from this period. The gardens at Burtown are made up of several areas, including large herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a rock garden, a yew walk divided by a pergola, a sundial garden, an old orchard, a more formal stable yard garden, a walled organic vegetable garden and a large woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water. There is a sculpture park set in wildflower meadows with mown pathways, shop and plant sales area with guided tours available by family members of this original Quaker house now surrounded by 12 acres of flower, and kitchen gardens with old grass meadows. With the award-winning farm to fork restaurant The Green Barn and on-site artisan food shop and gallery, it offers guests an opportunity to experience history, gardens, art and the very best of seasonal Irish cuisine in one of Ireland’s most unique settings.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, restaurant, artisan food and retail shop and plant sales area. The Green Barn serving scrumptious lunches based on fresh seasonal produce from the organic kitchen garden opened in July 2016. Booking is recommended. Group bookings possible all year round. Burtown House & Gardens have installed picnic benches throughout their sculptured gardens. The Green Barn Restaurant have developed their picnic menu, with a range of wood fired pizza available, along with their brunch and lunch menus. Please note: The Green Barn Restaurant is open at 6.30 pm for dinner on Friday and Saturdays, with last orders at 8 pm. Please check their website for details at www.burtownhouse.ie
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin / Waterford take exit 3 on M9 motorway and follow signs for Athy. Take the second left turn and Burtown House is on the left, well signposted.
GPS: 52.996672, -6.870744
OPENING TIMES: All year, see website for up to date times. 9 a.m.– 5.30 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays. Also Friday and Saturday night dinner from 6.30 p.m. Snowdrop Month – February.
ADMISSION: Gardens – adults €8, children €4, under 8 free. House tours – adults €10.